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A 23-year-old beauty queen from Kenosha has won the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. Laura Kaeppeler won the pageant Saturday night after strutting in a white bikini and black beaded evening gown, singing opera and answering a question about whether beauty queens should declare their politics by saying Miss America represents everyone. Miss Oklahoma Betty Thompson came in second while Miss New York Kaitlyn Monte placed third. Kaeppeler wins a $50 thousand scholarship and gets the title for one year.
A wanted Trempealeau County man who was on the lam for 3 days is finally in police custody.
On Tuesday, Jackson County Deputies were responding to a domestic
disturbance in Taylor. After investigating the complaint, Deputies attempted to
take 24 year old Robert Schaffer into custody. Schaffer was able to resist
arrest and escape Deputies which started a 3 day long search.
On Wednesday, Schaffer was seen in the City of Blair by Officers and
residents. Jackson County Deputies and K-9s assisted Blair Officers and
Trempealeau County Deputies in searching the Blair area for Schaffer. Schaffer
was not found and was able to elude being captured and arrested.
In April, Monroe County voters will be faced with a choice at the polls: remodel and add on to the downtown Sparta Justice Center location, or build a new courthouse and jail near the dog pound on the East side of the city. After 20 years, the county finally looks poised to make something happen. And some plans are already in place.
County Board Chair Rick Irwin says the hope is that giving voters options as to where the center will go will help prevent the outrage caused by the last plan. Four years ago the discussions caused so much controversy, it launched a recall of multiple county board supervisors.
Crooks are still calling people's homes and are posing as state workers trying to get your personal information.
Consumer official Sandy Chalmers say the imposters will claim they're from
Medicare or an insurance firm and they'll ask for personal information like
Social Security or bank account numbers. Chalmers say reputable firms won't do
that and you should never give personal information over the phone until you're
the one making the contact, and you know who you re dealing
The tips have came in, but still no leads towards a rash of arsons in Winona. Police there are still asking for the public's help in solving three suspected arson fires that occurred in the same general location within six weeks back in November and December.